Outside the New Miyako Hotel cicadas’ voices ricochet off
the doors of waiting taxis. It is going
to be another really hot day. We cross
the street to Kyoto Station, following our guides Yuko and Kuniko to the boarding
platforms where we will wait for the bullet train to Hiroshima. We have been warned: when the train arrives the doors will open
and remain open for two minutes, then they close and the train is off with or
By Dianne Aprile, Spalding School of Writing Creative Nonfiction Faculty
“Don’t write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn’t be changed.”
The poet Richard Hugo published those lines many years ago to underscore the necessity of flexibility and revision in the writing process. Presumably heeding his own advice, Hugo used a pencil to jot down his first-draft thoughts on the subject. But if ever there was good reason to trade lead for ink, this final version is it. Hugo’s words deserve the permanence of a waterproof, indelible ultra-bold Sharpie.
Why? Well, because his message is so important, there should be no risk of it being rubbed out or overlooked.
By Kirby Gann, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Fiction Faculty
Similar to Beth Ann Bauman, in her excellent post of Feb. 17, character has been on my mind of late. Beth Ann speaks mostly of what makes a character interesting and complex; I’m thinking more of how one might go about discovering these aspects.
By Kathleen Driskell, Chair of the School of Creative and Professional Writing at Spalding University
Though writing can be used as a therapeutic, as a literary artist I’ve always felt leery of talking about creative writing that way because it feels far out of my realm of expertise. What I do believe, though, is that the best writing is transformative for both the writer and reader.
By Kathleen Driskell, Chair, School of Creative and Professional Writing
For nearly twenty years, our nationally distinguished MFA program at Spalding University, with a teaching philosophy that supports writers instead of tearing them down, has been busy knitting together a literary community that reaches across America and beyond. Read the inspiring work of our students, graduates, and faculty and witness their advocacy for the literary arts, and you’ll have no doubt that writers can change the world for the better. (You’ll see a few of their faces pictured in this post.) I’ve worked all my professional life to bring writing opportunities to others because I’m a believer. Countless times, I’ve seen the way one writer connecting with another writer has helped a community blossom, using the literary arts to promote peace, justice, and empathy.
By Beth Ann Bauman, Spalding MFA Faculty, Writing for Children and Young Adults
One of my favorite TV shows is the HBO crime drama “The Night Of.” It’s tough and gritty and co-written by the inimitable Richard Price. I’m going to detour here and mention how at a New Yorker festival years back, I first met Price when he and another author gave talks about their writing. The first was affected and kept tinkling the ice in his glass in a soft, actorly way. He was sort of full of it. Price, on the other hand, bounded onto the stage when it was his turn, looking like he was wearing a pajama top. He looked at us and said, “Hey, did you know there’s a really good bar across the street?” Well, he had our attention.
By Katy Yocom, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Associate Program Director
First she participated in the MFA program’s musical theatre workshop. Then she wrote about it for MusicalWriters.com.
In this week’s blog post, we’re proud to highlight Donna Gay Anderson’s (PW ’18) fun and informative article. Take a look and find out why this Spring 2018 workshop was in such high demand … and how creative team Charlie Schulman and Michael Roberts work together like Fred and Ginger!